Minnesota’s criminal appeals system is designed to give a second chance to convicted criminals. Minnesota’s criminal appellate courts review other courts’ decisions to overturn convictions or improper sentences. Appealing a conviction to the trial court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court gives a person a second chance to prove innocence of the criminal charge.
A criminal appeal may stem from an error in your original case, such as suppressed evidence, a mistake by the prosecution or a questionable decision by the judge. Appeals may also be triggered by a violation of your constitutional rights, including:
- The right to due process
- The right to an attorney
- The right to confront accusers
- The right to a speedy trial
- Freedom from illegal search and seizure
- Unlawful arrests
- The right not to testify against oneself
- The right not to be charged with the same crime twice
Sometimes innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. Even when the judge, jury and prosecution are trying to uphold justice, mistakes happen. If you have been wrongfully convicted, you may be able to pursue an appeal to clear your name.
No matter how strong your case is, the best way to pursue a favorable result is to work with a lawyer experienced in appeals. I have helped many wrongly convicted people mount successful appeals and return their lives to normal.